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The Disproportionate Value of ‘Weeds’ to Pollinators and Biodiversity

Abstract Agricultural intensification has been implicated in global biodiversity declines. In the European Union, agri-environmental schemes are designed to address this. For pollinating insects, funding has been provided to sow wildflower mixes. However, previous research indicates that a suite of agricultural weeds are also of great importance to pollinators. Here, we compare the biodiversity associated… Read more »

The 2022 Northeast Integrated Pest Management Research Update Conference is Tomorrow!

March 24, 2022, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT This conference hosted by the Northeastern IPM Center (NEIPMC) will feature updates from active projects funded by the NEIPMC’s Partnership Grants Program. In addition, the online conference will have updates from IPM-related projects funded through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program and USDA-NIFA’s… Read more »

National Organic Program; Notice of Public Listening Session With Request for Comment

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), National Organic Program (NOP), is announcing a public listening session, with request for comment, regarding upcoming standards development activities, including feedback about specific recommendations received from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). AMS intends to use the information received from public comments to prioritize future… Read more »

Study Reveals Deadly New Tick-borne Virus is Circulating in Georgia

ATLANTA — A potentially deadly new virus is circulating among ticks in Georgia, according to scientists at Emory University. The Heartland virus was first identified in Missouri in 2009 and made two people severely ill. A new study published Wednesday in the academic journal Emerging Infectious Diseases found the virus circulating among Georgia’s most common tick, known… Read more »

Jorō Spiders are Coming for the East Coast

Large Jorō spiders are expected to begin showing up and down the East Coast as early as May, researchers say. Last year, the spider, native to East Asia, appeared in Georgia. The Jorō spider (Trichonephila clavata), an Asian orb weaver species, has become more prevalent in northern Georgia and western South Carolina since its U.S. arrival… Read more »

Farms Following Soil-friendly Practices Grow Healthier Food, Study Suggests

Everyone knows eating fruits and vegetables is good for your health. But these days, stores offer a dizzying array of options: organic, conventional, CSAs, local agriculture. Which ones are best for your health? A new study, published in January in the journal PeerJ, looks at how regenerative farming practices — soil-building techniques that minimize plowing, use… Read more »

Indoor Ag-Con Feb. 28-Mar. 1

Indoor Ag-Con is the premier indoor agriculture trade show and conference for indoor | vertical farming and controlled environment agriculture. From starting or sustainably scaling up to buying from or selling to indoor | vertical farms producing a growing variety of crops, our business and tech-focused events are expanding to offer new opportunities to connect all agriculture supply… Read more »

Registration Now Open for the 10th International IPM Symposium

Invasive pests, new IPM technologies and human health pests like ticks and rodents will be prominently featured at the 10th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium. Registration is now open for the event, to be held February 28 to March 3, 2022 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado USA. The symposium is… Read more »

APHIS Establishes Citrus Greening (Huanglongbing) Quarantines in Alabama

As of December 8th, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI), is establishing quarantines for Huanglongbing (HLB; citrus greening), caused by Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, in all of Baldwin and Mobile Counties in Alabama. APHIS is taking this action because of HLB detections… Read more »